Viglante Honored by Admirals
Milwaukee, WI – The Milwaukee Admirals are proud to announce that left wing John Vigilante has been named the team’s winner of the American Specialty/AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Milwaukee community during the 2007-08 season.
A second-year player from Dearborn, MI, Vigilante has made significant contributions to the team both on and off the ice. From youth hockey clinics to school visits Vigilante is an invaluable asset to the team’s community relations programs because he is constantly volunteering and always willing to do more.
Before the 2007-08 season began, Vigilante served as a celebrity waiter for Prevent Blindness of Wisconsin’s annual fundraiser that raises money to help prevent blindness and other severe eye problems in kids. Vigilante was also instrumental in the success of the Admirals reading program “Reading: The Ultimate Power Play,” as he went to read to children in various classrooms in each of the reading program’s days. In addition, he made other schools visits to talk with kids about the importance of setting goals and how success in school helped him reach where he is today.
During Thanksgiving time Vigilante helped to deliver turkey dinners to local needy families in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. In February he joined the rest of his teammates in a visit to the local Children’s Hospital to delivery gifts and sign autographs for sick kids. Vigilante also donated money to help buy presents for underprivileged kids at Christmas time and gave instruction in three youth hockey clinics during the year.
In recognition of his efforts, Vigilante will be presented with an etched crystal trophy during an on-ice presentation prior to an upcoming Admirals home game.
Vigilante is now one of 29 finalists for the AHL’s 2007-08 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, honoring the overall American Specialty/AHL Man of the Year. The league award is named after the former Hershey Bears forward and AHL All-Star who died in 1997 following a 16-month battle with leukemia. The winner of the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award will be announced by the AHL in the coming weeks.
The Admirals hit the road Friday in Grand Rapids and then Saturday night in Quad City before returning to the Bradley Center for a 4:00 pm game with Houston on Sunday afternoon. All 400-level seats for the game are just $3 and $2 from all seats sold (in both the 400- and 200-level) will be donated to the MACC Fund. Fans can purchase tickets for any Admirals home game by calling the Admirals office at (414) 227-0550 or by logging onto www.ticketmaster.com.